Politics and Emotions

The Obama Phenomenon

  • Editors
  • Marcos Engelken-Jorge
  • Pedro Ibarra Güell
  • Carmelo Moreno del Río

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. Politics & Emotions: An Overview

    1. Marcos Engelken-Jorge
      Pages 7-25
  3. Emotions & Contemporary Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Ramón Maiz
      Pages 29-70
  4. Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Andrew J.W. Civettini
      Pages 95-106
  5. Perspectives on Politics & Emotions The Obama Phenomenon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Oliver Escobar
      Pages 109-128
    3. Alan Sandry
      Pages 129-140
    4. Åsa Wettergren
      Pages 141-153
    5. Deborah Gould
      Pages 155-188
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-191

About this book


Mainstream liberal narratives have often depicted politics as a matter of power and competing interests, disregarding emotions or conceiving them as threats to a rational and well-ordered society. In the last decades, however, this viewpoint has been increasingly challenged by a number of scholars researching on the complex and multidimensional role of emotions in politics. This edited collection aims at providing a concise but comprehensive introduction to this area of research. The essays contained in this volume focus on a single case, the Obama phenomenon, illustrating empirically how the variable ‘emotions’ can enrich political analysis. Taken together, the essays reflect the plurality of approaches available to the study of politics and emotions and thus contribute to the cutting-edge debates on this fascinating topic.


Political Communication Political Psychology Political Sociology Political Theory Politikwissenschaft

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-18120-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-93201-9
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